My house is certainly not impressively or beautifully decorated for Christmas. It is really an eclectic mix of home-made, hand-me-down, child-made, and thrift-store-found decorations but I love the feel our house has when they are all up. Jon and I sure have come a long way from our first two Christmas's when our decorations consisted of a Christmas tree with a cardboard and tin foil star, a garland I sewed from the material leftover from my bridesmaids dresses, and one box (containing 6) Christmas tree bulbs!
These Christmas stockings are the decorations I am most proud of.
|Abe's still needs his name embroidered on it|
-2-This is a new addition to our Christmas decorations.
We didn't have a nativity set and so for Jon's birthday I had the kids make this nativity out of polymer clay for him. They had fun making it, even though Abe wanted to (and did) chew on all the pieces. It was my first time using polymer clay and I didn't know how long to bake it. When it started to smell like melting plastic I took it out and found that all the bottoms of the pieces were scorched. Luckily all of them have held together and still look good... even if they are black on the bottom!
I think my favorite part is Rose's sheep and the black widow spider she made (it is the black lump with two legs in the front of the picture). I don't really know if there were black widows in Bethlehem but I am sure that if there was they would have wanted to come see the baby Jesus too, right?
The orange thing is a "blower" that Asher made to keep baby Jesus warm :)
Jon and I bought these penguins as part of our wedding decorations. We put them up every year at Christmas and they remind us of the type of marriage we are striving to create.
They make me happy.
Growing up my family had the tradition of giving each child a white bear on their first Christmas. I don't really know how this started but pulling out the Christmas bears was always one of my favorite parts of Christmas. Jon and I have carried on this tradition in our family and each of our children has received a white bear on their frist Christmas.
|Asher's, Abe's and Rose's Christmas bears|
And my #1 favorite Christmas decoration is our 2/3rds decorated Christmas Tree.
Someday there will come a day when we won't have a Christmas tree ornament destroying toddler running around and will be able to decorate the tree all the way to the bottom. But for right now I LOVE it that our tree decorations stop at Abraham arm reach height.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I would love to have you link up to your own posts about your favorite Christmas decorations, or just link up to your own Five Things for Friday posts!